A boy has died in Florida after being accidentally shot by his own father.
Stephen Brumby, 14, died in hospital shortly after being shot at the High Noon Gun Range in Sarasota on Sunday.
Stephen's 24-year-old brother David, the eldest of the seven Brumby children, was at the gun range with father William, Stephen and sister Kristin when the accident happened.
David Brumby told CBS News: "My dad was firing a .22 - just a little semi-automatic pistol - what happened was - the previous shot - the ejected casing - which is super-hot - bounced off the wall and ricocheted down my dad's shirt.
"Because it was super-hot the knee-jerk reaction was to try to brush it off and he pulled the gun hand up and tried to brush it off him and the gun went off into the ceiling and ricocheted into my little brother Stephen."
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That's why any good instructor will emphasize to his or her students that they are to wear clothing appropriate for the shooting range, without loose or low-cut necklines (front or back) into which hot brass can fall. I've done the "hot brass dance" myself more than once, and it's no fun at all! It's guaranteed to break one's concentration on matters of safety. In this case, that had lethal consequences.
I don't know how - or whether - the father will ever be able to live with himself over this. It's an absolute tragedy on every level. It's also guaranteed to be misused by those opposed to the private ownership of firearms, in an attempt to tar every gun and every gun owner with the same brush. Be on your guard against such hysterical over-reactions.